Sunday, 7 August 2016

A different Doctor Who miniatures game?

Announced in October, now apparently in pre-orders, Time Of The Daleks from Gale Force Nine (makers of D&D boardgames, Star Trek Ascendancy and Firefly: The Game) “contains highly detailed miniatures representing the Daleks and six of the regenerations of the Doctor and a host of additional miniatures”...

No images of figures or other components yet, or indications of scale.

Which six? I would guess the four modern ones and two more... Eight and War?

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Rio 2016

Any Doctor Who adventure ideas came from the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony?

Rio, and Brazil in general, have their share of history that could inspire adventures. From the spotlighted figures in the ceremony, I must admit that I had never heard of Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont before and he sounds like the type of character the Doctor might recruit when needing to fly somewhere in the early 20th century. Or to encourage the creation of the wristwatch!

And respect to Tunisia for wearing Tenth Doctor blue suits with red ties...

Twelfth Doctor and companions miniatures

Like the Clara. Is Strax really that big? Hmm.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Updates on the Doctor Who Miniatures Game

First look at the complete set of Tenth Doctor And Companions in pre-orders, adding Rose and Donna to Martha and Wilf, and the box for Twelve, Clara and the Paternoster Gang. £19.99 per box (£4 per figure, ouch!) for metal.

Confirmation of plastic Dalek, Cybermen and UNIT soldier sets on the way.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Time travel films getting TV remakes

Time After Time and Frequency are both coming to small screens. Both were perfectly self-contained movies, and Time After Time in particular feels like it could be a stretch as one person (H.G. Wells) pursues another person (Jack the Ripper) across time, while Frequency could easily become a gimmick for a procedural show, with a mystery about the time-radio and maybe some mysterious origin stuff too.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Nettie Stevens

A Google Doodle for the 155th birthday of Nettie Stevens, pioneering geneticist who found the X and Y chromosomes. “Before Stevens’ work, scientists thought that the mother or the environment determined if a child was born male or female.” Which allowed Henry VIII to get away with dumping wives for giving him daughters, for example.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Our lives may depend on a Dalek!

Bacteria on the Dalek at Broadcasting House could be vital to future medicines.

If that doesn’t give you an adventure hook about capturing a Dalek for science...

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

A Google Doodle for the 180th birthday of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first Englishwoman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain, co-founder of the London School of Medicine, mayor of Aldeburgh.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Rok Of The Reds

And on the subject of Doctor Who comics, the legendary John Wagner and Alan Grant are back, writing an alien invasion threatening a lower-rung British football club in Rok Of The Reds for BHP.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Tutankhamun's Dagger From The Stars

Tutankhamun was buried with a dagger forged from meteor iron, according to a new scientific analysis. Okay, not really alien tech, but...

Lotte Reiniger

A grand Google Doodle today for the... 117th birthday of Lotte Reiniger, pioneer of silhouette animation going back to the silent film era and on for over sixty years.

The silent era was the Gold Rush of filmmaking with all kinds of people trying all kinds of ideas - she did her first animation when Paul Wegener found he could not rats to play their part in The Pied Piper Of Hamelin, and was able to make her first feature film because a friend had bought a lot of film stock during the Weimar hyperinflation panic.

There has to be a story there... perhaps presented as a shadow play...

Monday, 30 May 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Russell T Davies adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream contained quite a few other familiar names from modern Who, like Murray Gold providing the music and Millennium Effects at work as well.

Don’t be looking for a definitive reading of the text here. The Hollow Crown this is not.

Theseus is presented as juuuuust a bit Fascist in style (although the jacket also suggests Mountie) which earns him one of the biggest rewrites. Others include rather less suicide talk from Hermia and Helena, which is nice. The mix of modern, WWII and medieval in Athens could provide inspiration for something Whovian - the guards are a bit Dredd but also a bit Robomen...

The Fairies led by Maxine Peake and Nonso Anonzie have gone full Changeling: The Dreaming. Bottom is still recognisably Matt Lucas, but you can’t have everything. ;)

Bernard Cribbins!